Introduction: AHA & the Biblical Definition of Repentance
“AHA is a spiritual experience that brings about supernatural change. More specifically, let’s define the word AHA this way: ‘a sudden recognition that leads to an honest moment that brings lasting change… With striking consistency, AHA always has three ingredients…: 1. A Sudden Awakening, 2. Brutal Honesty, 3. Immediate Action.”
– AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman
God’s Word defines repentance as turning from , turning toward & taking a step in the .
Re-Introduction to the Series
We learned that the Heidelberg Catechism is split up into three parts or themes- , & .
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:1-17 (ESV)
Unpacking the Text and the Biblical Definition of Repentance
“Can those be saved who do not turn to God from their ungrateful and impenitent ways? By no means. Scripture tells us that no unchaste person, no idolater, adulterer, thief, no covetous person, no drunkard, slanderer, robber, or the like is going to inherit the kingdom of God.”
The Heidelberg Catechism Question & Answer # 87
“What is involved in genuine repentance or conversion? Two things: the dying- away of the old self, and the coming-to-life of the new. What is the dying-away of the old self? It is to be genuinely sorry for sin to hate it more and more, and to run away from it.”
The Heidelberg Catechism Question & Answer #’s 88 & 89
“What is the coming-to-life of the new self? It is wholehearted joy in God through Christ and a delight to every kind of good as God wants us to.”
The Heidelberg Catechism Question & Answer #90
“We have been delivered from our misery by God’s grace alone through Christ and not because we have earned it: why then must we still do good? To be sure, Christ has redeemed us by His blood. But we do good because Christ by His Spirit is also renewing us to be like Himself, so that in all our living we may show that we are thankful to God for all He has done for us, and so that He may be praised through us. And we go good so that we may be assured of our faith by its fruits, and so that by our godly living our neighbors may be won over to Christ… What do we do that is good? Only that which arises out of true faith, conforms to God’s law, and is done for His glory; and not that which is based on what we think is right or on established human tradition.”
The Heidelberg Catechism Question and Answer #’s 86 & 91
Before you say a word or do anything ask yourself three questions:
1. Does it arise out of a ?
2. Does it conform to ?
3. Will it give God ?